Friday Wrap: John Cornyn Wants Your Opinion, How the Shutdown Will Affect Craft Beer, and More

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It's time for the Friday Wrap, where your Burnt Orange Reporters comment on all the news that fits in a blockquote.

First up this week, in response to the federal government shutdown, drunkdialcongress.com will automatically dial a random member of Congress from your cell phone to help you exercise your First Amendment rights. Talking points about the shutdown and drink recipes included.

After the jump, tell John Cornyn what you think about raising the debt ceiling, cry over some therapy llamas, find out what Texans think about legalizing marijuana, and more…

In the midst of this government shutdown, it can be easy to feel like your elected officials don't care about you. But not Senator John Cornyn! He wants to know your views on important issues, like raising the debt ceiling. You can take the poll on his website and let him know exactly how you feel.

-Genevieve Cato

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Beer just got a lot less crafty as the government shutdown has closed an obscure agency (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) “that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry.”

-Joe Deshotel

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Therapy llamas! The video is just wonderful.

-Katherine Haenschen

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Love baseball? Hate your team losing? Find inspiration in the federal government shutdown! Oh, and this letter probably could have easily been written by a Rangers fan, too.

-Michael Hurta

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Trucks are hot in Houston — literally! Here's the list of the top 10 stolen cars in our state's biggest city over the month of September:

1. Chevrolet Trucks -164

2. Ford Trucks -129

3. Honda Cars -82

4. Dodge Trucks -81

5. Toyota Cars -47

6. GMC Trucks -45

7. Chevrolet Cars -37

8. Ford Cars -34

9. Toyota Trucks -25

10. Nissan Cars -18

-Katherine Haenschen

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Good news for Willie Nelson fans and people with stock in Frito Lay (also those who believe the war on drugs has been used as an excuse to keep people of color locked into a permanent cycle of poverty): A recent Texas Public Policy Poll suggests that Texans are ready for decriminalization of marijuana. 61 percent of Texans polled would support making possession a civil offense without jail time, and 58 percent support the legalization of medical marijuana for seriously ill patients.

-Natalie San Luis

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